I don't easily give 5 stars, so this may just be 4.5. However, I loved this story. I thought the plot was well rounded and nicely thought out. There wI don't easily give 5 stars, so this may just be 4.5. However, I loved this story. I thought the plot was well rounded and nicely thought out. There were no big surprises, but for once I didn't need to be yanked out of my chair. I enjoyed the development of the story all the way to the end. I could relate to Tristan, understand him, feel him, so all together, the Rowan delivered a nice love story while addressing the issues of homosexuality in the 19th century. Well done, and I certainly recommend....more
The pitch for this story had me hooked, like really freaking hooked, but I'm sad to say that when I closed the cover, my expectations weren't met. TheThe pitch for this story had me hooked, like really freaking hooked, but I'm sad to say that when I closed the cover, my expectations weren't met. The layout promised a heart-gripping and soul-ripping story and the potential was right there, but sadly it didn't reach it. Firstly, I connected with the character David, I loved him, mostly for being a male who was capable of standing on his own two feet, but I never felt like the author took us to the depth of his devastation, grief and inadvertent involvement of Zach's kidnapping. It scratched the surface, but it stayed there. Secondly, Zach, I bled for him when he was found, and, dear lord, those scenes were epic and horrifying, but two years down the road I lost some of the connection with him. Perhaps that was the effect of the change in POV, and perhaps I would have preferred to have Zach in the first person for the whole story, but that is not for me to decide. However, he was gripping in first person. I wanted to be gripped and tortured with him, but sadly I wasn't. The supporting characters, they were well fleshed out, but everything had a tendency to be a little 'pink' and 'too perfect'. Everyone floats around on the cloud of acceptance, but somehow I find that a little hard to believe. Lastly, and this is where I am disappointed. The storyline was so predictable! Never once was I surprised by the turn in events, no, I sat back and expected either Zach or David's next move.
I still think it is a good story, but I think it could have had a little more meat on it's bones. ...more
I, for one, was really looking forward to the rewrite of what was once an amazing piece of Fan fiction. That it was pulled to be published is a matterI, for one, was really looking forward to the rewrite of what was once an amazing piece of Fan fiction. That it was pulled to be published is a matter that I chose not to get into here, because I felt like this story should always have been an original piece of work from the get go.
This will mainly be a comparison of the original version opposed to this new edition. With that said, I am sad to say that I am so disappointed with this story. The original version was too long, the writing often dragged and it was repetitive, so that it was to be shortened only appealed to me.
What I am so disappointed with is the way it has been compressed into an independent piece of work. It's like all the meaningful and magic moments Khar created with EP, has now been chopped up, the background story ripped apart, deleted and what you are left with is a portion semi-good conversations that makes little sense if you do not know the story in it's original form and knows what is missing now. Many of the conversations that were gut-wrenching and heartbreaking moments of intimacy between Carmine and Haven in EP, now hardly have merit and they are often misplaced and sadly awkward.
The story that was once so ruthlessly honest, gripping and skipped no details giving us love and pain in its purest form, is now a watered down version of a love story that feels mediocre at best. I don't feel the main characters anymore, and the story line is choppy and feels underdeveloped. Haven (Love that name) is now a muddled person that I can't relate to and her general mannerism is confusing. In EP, I had a crystal clear picture of Bella and how she flinched constantly. Haven appears to be a girl that is far more confident, but due to the original setting it drags her back trying to relay a different person. It doesn't work. It is the same for Carmine. His characterization is no longer sharp and spot on, but an image of a boy that may/may not be a badass.
Don't get me wrong, I don't mind the changes, I welcome them, but these new additions seems mediocre compared to what Khar has shown us that she can do so beautifully. To make an example would be the relationship between Carmine and his father Vincent. All through EP, it was clear that Carlisle/Vincent loved Edward/Carmine above anything, accepted him for who he was, but was only trying to guide his son in the right direction. Now it seems more like Vincent resents Carmine, and almost couldn't be bothered with him because Carmine is constantly a stick in the wheel. There are things I loved though. The little drops of clarity into Vincent's life were very much appreciated. Also cutting out a character and just let it be two brothers. Good thinking.
I have yet to finish the book, I am about half way, and it is becoming painful to read it, because it can't hold a candle to the original version. I am not sure I will finish it at all.
Sad to say, I am disappointed, because Khar has shown us what she can really do, and this is not it.
I read this book a while back and it has taken me some time to come to terms with the contents.
Frankly I think the plot is appalling and misleading tI read this book a while back and it has taken me some time to come to terms with the contents.
Frankly I think the plot is appalling and misleading to what BDSM really is. That he liberates Anna from her captor/owner, is of course very noble and what any man/woman with the means should do, but what follows makes me want to gag.
Being a submissive is all about choice so how can a man that is a fully fledged Dom keep a sold/abducted girl as a submissive like this, thinking that he is equipped to deal with the trauma that a rape and abuse victims suffers from. And then sickly he choses to collar her, because he 'KNOWS' it will make her feel 'SAFE'. WOW!
To me the whole setting is just abhorrent, unbelievable and poorly researched. It is just the rambling fantasy of an author who finds the whole Dom/Sub genre fascinating. Which by all means would be perfectly fine, if it was a sub who had a wish and need to be a sub, not a rape victim and a girl that had been sold.
The issue of the emotional baggage that would irrevocably follow with having been robbed of you freedom, raped and abused is swept under the rug, ignored and then sugarcoated by a man that arrogantly thinks he can heal her sufferings because he understand the world of BDSM. Those two thing are not even comparable. A BDSM life is about choice and when you have no freedom where is your choice then?
I think it is uncool to glorify an act as repulsive as taking someones freedom and prettifying it by adding a man that treats her nicely, but in fact, still enslaves her by giving her chores and things to do around his house, because he thinks he is helping her heal.
How come does no one see that what he should have done, if there should have been a story, is hand her over to the authorities, let the people that would actually be able to help her, help her, and in that process form a friendship and for the love of god, never try to mold her into a 'good and natural submissive'. Jeez, that plot pisses me off and nobody says a damn thing. i think that is just wrong.
Ignorant as I am, I bought this book not knowing it was originally reworked FF, but as I read, it wasn't hard to figure out.
I wish I could give a better review, but unfortunately I can't.